The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park was established in 2000, and protects the natural and historic features of the Hauraki Gulf.

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Special legislation established the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi in February 2000.  It was created to protect the big blue backyard of the Auckland and Waikato regions and stop its decline.

The Gulf has plants and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. It also has historic sites of national and global importance. The legislation helped face the challenges of protecting the Gulf’s wildlife and sites and helped improve their habitat and environment.

It also recognised the positive impact on residents and visitors, and the relationship of tangata whenua with Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi.

What did the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 enact?

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act created objectives for the Gulf, its islands and catchments, and unified work being done to protect it at land and sea. This means the effects of urban and rural activities on the Gulf addressed, and the Gulf and the wildlife there is protected.

It also provided an integrated management approach to the Gulf across 21 statutes, including the Resource Management Act, Conservation Act and Fisheries Act.

The Act helps work for the Gulf to go smoothly and effectively. To support this, it also established the Hauraki Gulf Forum. It didn’t change any pre-existing agencies’ roles.

Hauraki Gulf Forum

The Hauraki Gulf Forum brings together management of the marine park across the boundaries of statutes and districts, through co-operation and better communication.

The Forum works to support and protect the future of the Gulf, its wildlife and resources. This benefits local people and communities and for New Zealand.

Forum members include members of all local authorities to the Gulf. It also includes the Ministers of Conservation, Fisheries and Māori Affairs, together with six representatives from iwi.

The Forum provides a triennial assessment of the state of the Hauraki Gulf and agencies responses to issues.

Read the latest report on Auckland Council’s website.

Our work to support the Gulf

Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari project is a project between DOC and MPI to develop a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. It aims to improve the health of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for future generations. 

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